Kenya - Employer of Record (EOR)

✔ We get your team working in Kenya

✔ We handle all your payroll needs

✔ We ensure 100% compliance for your business

How will our Kenya Employer of Record Africa HR assist in growing your global business in Kenya?

Our solution flawlessly delivers employer of record services for customers that are looking to hire workers and handle payroll without establishing a branch office or subsidiary in Kenya. Your candidates are hired via Africa HR Solutions Kenya Employer of Record (EOR Kenya) in accordance with local labor laws and can be on-boarded in a few days rather than the months it usually takes. The new worker is assigned to work on your team, working on your institution’s behalf just as if he or she was your worker.

As always, we guarantee 100% compliance for your business in Africa.


Overview of Kenya

Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa with 47 semi-autonomous counties governed by elected governors. It has an area of 580,367 square km. Nairobi is its capital and largest city. English and Swahili are its official languages. Kenyan shilling (KES) is its official currency. The abbreviation for Kenya is KY. Its five land bordering countries are Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Kenya lies on the equator in Eastern Africa and borders the Indian Ocean with a population estimated at 54,985,702 people.

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Labour Day

Madaraka Day

Mashujaa Day

Jamhuri (Independence) Day

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Fixed and indefinite term employment contracts are permitted.

It is legally required to put a written employment contract in place in Kenya, in the local language, which spells out the terms of the employee’s compensation, benefits, and termination requirements. An offer letter and employment contract in Kenya should always state the salary and any compensation amounts in Kenyan shillings rather than a foreign currency.

The work week in Kenya is generally 45 hours.
In general, employees are entitled to 1.75 days of paid annual leave per month worked, or 21 days over the course of 12 months.
Employees are generally entitled to 14 days of paid sick leave per year. Employees must provide a medical certificate. The first 7 days are paid at 100%, the remaining days are paid at 50%.

Female employees are generally entitled to 3 months of paid maternity leave. Employees must give 7 days’ written notice before going on leave and may be required to present a medical certificate.

Fathers are entitled to two weeks of paid paternity leave.

Employers and employees each contribute 5% of wages to social security.

The NSSF was set to undergo drastic transformation following the enactment of the NSSF Act 2013, which became effective from 10 January 2014. However, the implementation of the new Act awaits conclusion of a pending court case. In the meantime, NSSF contributions are as per the provisions of the old Act (i.e. KES 200 for employer and KES 200 for employee).

Employees must also contribute 1% of wages to the National Hospital Insurance Fund.

Probationary terms of up to 6 months are generally permitted and may be renewed up to 12 months. Employees terminated during the probationary period should be given at least 7 days’ notice.

Employees who are paid on a monthly or longer basis must be given at least 28 days’ notice of termination.

Severance pay is only mandatory in cases of termination for redundancy. In general, employees are owed 15 days’ wages for each year of service.

How Africa HR Solutions Can Help You in Kenya

Our employer of record service helps organizations to process payroll in Kenya while Africa HR Solutions takes care of tax calculations, and compliance management matters are lifted out of their shoulders on ours. As an African Employer of Record expert, we manage labor best practices, statutory and local norm, benefits, and employee expenditures, as well as severance and termination if needed.

Also, we keep you updated of any amendments to local employment laws in Kenya.

When using our services, your new employee is up and ready even earlier, since he has a better hiring transition. You will have peace of mind knowing you have a group of dedicated employment specialists, backed by years of experience, assisting with every on-boarding.

Africa HR Solutions allows you to focus on running efficiently your core business.